Often one finds themselves just enjoying the wine. It takes someone special for me to stop and take in the efforts and ambition that it took to get to the point of near perfection! Mitch Cosentino is one of those people. We are very fortunate to welcome him for a 5 course dinner featuring a selection of wines on Monday April 8th at 6:30 pm. Scroll down to learn more about Mitch and see the menu. To purchase a ticket please click here.
The Master wine-maker
Moving from his Modesto, CA location into Napa Valley in 1990, he has since been responsible for creating, designing and building nine wineries in the Napa Valley and Lodi. His namesake Cosentino winery was responsible for many firsts, including the first Meritage [think heritage, pronounced meri-tige] in 1986 “The Poet” set the standard for Bordeaux inspired blends. Also, he made a concerted effort to make wine more approachable using every day names like “The Cab” “The Dark” and “The Zin.”
Identity found, lost, and found again!
The backstory of the name on his signature wine is unique!
While going through a lawsuit with Cos d’Estournel in 1992 for a wine named originally named “COS Napa Valley,” Mitch went with his signature, “M.Coz” with the Z representing the proper pronunciation. Even after selling his namesake winery, Mitch did retain his “M. Coz” in the pureCru lineup as a top tier expression of his passion and creativity.
pureCru branding is unique. Unhinged from the traditional business model. The objective of pureCru is to not make wine in off years or from vineyards that did not produce to a certain standard. In subpar years whole vintages are skipped. Unheard of in today’s world of publicly traded wine companies. Each wine is created to exploit a unique trait and only produced in micro-quantities.
So, any chance you get to taste and compare this many wines at once will undoubtedly be a treat!
2015 Purety, White Meritage, Napa Valley 200 cases
Designed to age! We refer to this as a “red wine drinkers, White.” Very
versatile with foods of many styles. Intriguing aromas of honeyed herb
tea with spice, minerals, mangoes, and melon, and accented with a trace
of salinity, notes of quince, clove and white fig. Add to that the
complexity, depth, and texture that comes from the extended barrel aging
WITHOUT woody, oaky, or toasty elements.
2014 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 300 cases
An intense well-structured wine, with depth, balance, and length. This
Chardonnay is a more exact Burgundy style that has citrus, raw honey
and mineral notes in the nose that open up and show flavors of
honeysuckle, pear, pineapple, honey with a hint of vanilla and a long, sophisticated finish. It is a “red wine drinkers” – white wine.
2013 CFM, Red Blend, Napa Valley 200 cases
Cedar-cigar box notes aromatically right up front with hints of classic
sweet clove from the Cabernet Franc and a deep rose. On the palate the clove and
cedar mingles with black fruits and a touch of pepper to form a complex
spicy wine with a Bordeaux like minerality accented by currants,
pomegranate, and black plum. Complex and full-bodied, yet bright with
big shoulders and a long finish.
2013 Secret 7, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley rarer than a unicorn
On the palate, there are ripe fruit flavors of currants, cherries, and plums, with a hint of chocolate and cardamom. Bright and balanced, yet supple in the mouth, with a long finish. Each lot was punched cap fermented and barrel aged for 34 months in selected French Oak barrels, then blended weeks before bottling. A blend of clone 7 and a “Secret Clone” sourced from select vineyard blocks. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Dinner Menu
Beet Tartare – blood orange, avocado
Burrata – blueberries, sunchoke, citrus
Seared Sea Scallop – celeriac, trout roe
Roasted Rack of Lamb – english peas, bordelaise, mint
Picanha Steak – potato pavé, green garlic
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake – strawberry compote
Lovo, Colli Eugenai Fiori d’Arancia 2016